Safeguard centenary

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Guildford Cathedral will provide the backdrop to the Safeguard Centenary event. SAFEGUARD COLLECTION

A Surrey independent has big plans to mark its 100th birthday in March, reports Nick Larkin

Renowned independent Safeguard Coaches will be holding its Centenary celebration at Guildford Cathedral in Surrey on 16 March, and everyone is invited. Free trips will be run with classic vehicles, many provided by London Bus Museum, and will link the town’s railway and bus stations, along with the Onslow park & ride car park with the site.

The event will take place from 1000 to 1600hrs, and there will be a display of vehicles, talks on transport, stalls, and rides on miniature steam traction engines from Guildford Model Engineering Society.

The family orientated celebrations will also include mask making and a mobile farm, along with performances by Guildford’s Rock Choir and Farnham Brass Band. Broadcaster and transport enthusiast David Guest will host the event.

A limited edition Safeguard Centenary booklet will be available for £5 with all proceeds being donated to the Fountain Centre, a charity offering care and guidance to people with cancer and their families; Safeguard chose the organisation in memory of former Engineering Manager Brett Lambley.

Heritage vehicles set to run at the at the event include an AEC Regent RT and Regal RF, along with an AEC Renown and Leyland Panther.

Safeguard Coaches Managing Director Andrew Halliday said: “We are all so proud to have reached this incredible milestone. It’s a rare thing to achieve 100 years, especially in the same family’s ownership.”


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